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As a current member of the House Budget Committee and a former Chair of the Joint Finance Committee in the Wisconsin State Assembly, I believe our budgets should reflect our values. I voted against the budget for fiscal year 2014, introduced by the House Republicans and Rep. Paul Ryan (R- WI). This budget kept the devastating sequestration cuts to programs that are essential for the most vulnerable members of our Wisconsin communities including Head Start and Meals on Wheels, while turning Medicare into a voucher program and keeping tax breaks for oil and gas companies.

I support a budget that makes investments in our future generations and protects programs that advance our entire society. I believe our budget should strengthen Social Security and Medicare and invest in job growth through infrastructure, education, and research and development, while responsibly reducing our deficits and cutting wasteful spending and redundant programs where they exist. I promote a balanced approach, with commonsense initiatives, promoting economic growth and reducing the deficit without unduly threatening the security of Wisconsin’s middle class and seniors. Instead of kicking the can down the road, I believe we need a comprehensive budget that lays out priorities for the nation.

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May 19, 2020 Press Release

MADISON, WI—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) led a group of 29 Democrats demanding that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorize a level of spending below last year’s budget, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leadership this morning.

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding the Balanced Budget Amendment that Republicans brought to the House Floor for a vote.
Mar 22, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding the $1.3 trillion spending bill that the House of Representatives voted on today.
Feb 12, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement in response to President Trump releasing his FY 2019 budget proposal.
Dec 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding the final version of the Republican tax bill, which was passed today in the House of Representatives.
Feb 8, 2017 Press Release

MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his state budget proposal:

“Governor Walker is asking the people of Wisconsin to join him in embracing alternative facts and to view an alt-reality budget where his years of destructive cuts to our public schools, our roads and other vital infrastructure never actually happened. This budget proposal is first and foremost about helping Scott Walker and not about helping Wisconsinites trying to make ends meet.

Apr 15, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci (OH-16) and Mark Pocan (WI-02) were joined by Reps. Daniel Webster (FL-10), John Carney (DE at-large), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), and Richard Hanna (NY-22) to introduce bipartisan legislation to eliminate a Washington-created budget gimmick and protect employees and their employers.

Mar 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), and CPC First-Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) today released the Progressive Caucus’ budget for fiscal year 2017, called The People’s Budget: Prosperity Not Austerity; Invest in America.

Jan 6, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) a member of the Budget Committee, spoke on the House Floor in opposition to a budget reconciliation bill, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 62nd time and defund Planned Parenthood.

You can find a video clip of Rep. Pocan speaking on the Floor here.

“Thank you Mr. Speaker. We were told just a couple months ago on the floor of this Congress that there’s a new day in Congress.

Sep 22, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C - U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), 1st Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), along with CPC Co-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), sent a letter today to Speaker John Boehner urging him to work with Congressional Democrats in order to avoid another government shutdown. There are currently only five legislative days left for Speaker Boehner to find a solution to keep the government open.